Vacant downtown Crestview apartments could be demolished this weekend
CRESTVIEW — The Baker-based contractor that demolished three vacant buildings on and next to Main Street last month is scheduled to knock down a nearby vacant former apartment building this weekend.
Crestview City Manager Tim Bolduc shared that update with the City Council on Monday.
The removal of the vacant apartments will allow the city to move forward with its plan to build a large public parking lot downtown.
In September, Jobe’s Dirt Works demolished a vacant two-story building at 109 N. Main St., next to Coney Island restaurant and two smaller vacant buildings at 176 and 178 Industrial Drive behind Coney Island.
Local businessman Alex Barthe, who owns the property at 109 N. Main St., has said he would like a family-friendly business to fill the space.
Crestview officials used Community Development Block Grant money for the almost $30,000 job of removing the two-story building. Its demolition represented the inaugural project of the city’s Nuisance Abatement Program, which aims to reduce the number of blighted and deteriorating properties.
Crestview paid Jobe’s Dirt Works $15,500 in city funds to demolish the two Industrial Drive buildings.
The vacant apartment building slated to be knocked down this weekend stands just off of Main Street behind Desi’s Downtown Restaurant.
Like the removal of the Industrial Drive buildings, the demolition of the old apartments is needed to clear the way for the new parking lot.
The cost of removing the old apartments was not immediately available. Like the $15,500 that paid for the removal of the Industrial Drive buildings, the money to pay for the upcoming demo work will come from the $310,000 the city has earmarked for its parking lot project.
The lot could have about 76 paved, free parking spots and might be completed in January.
The overall 1-acre city parcel is bounded by State Road 85 to the east, Woodruff Avenue to the north, Desi’s Downtown Restaurant and Main Street to the west and Industrial Drive to the south.
The new lot will ensure the city doesn’t lose parking spots while it makes progress on its downtown master plan, which calls for eventually replacing some angled parking spots on Main Street with parallel spaces and creating wider sidewalks.